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Briand extends Lyon's perfect start

Published: Thursday 25 October 2012, 21.00CET
Olympique Lyonnais 2-1 Athletic Club
Athletic looked to have earned a point, but Jimmy Briand struck four minutes from time to make it three Group I wins out of three for the hosts.
by Ian Holyman
from Stade de Gerland

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Match statistics

LyonAthletic

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target8
 
3
Attempts off target5
 
4
Corners2
 
7
Offsides1
 
9
Fouls committed19
 
10
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 17/11/2012 11:23 CET

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Published: Thursday 25 October 2012, 21.00CET

Briand extends Lyon's perfect start

Olympique Lyonnais 2-1 Athletic Club
Athletic looked to have earned a point, but Jimmy Briand struck four minutes from time to make it three Group I wins out of three for the hosts.

Jimmy Briand scored with four minutes left to maintain Olympique Lyonnais' 100% start to Group I with a 2-1 defeat of Athletic Club.

Dramatic victors on matchday two, Lyon produced a more sober but no less effective display against last season's runners-up. Although Ibai Gómez's sweetly struck equaliser 11 minutes from time cancelled out Lisandro's early second-half opener, Briand pounced in a frenetic finale to move Rémi Garde's men within sight of the knockout phase. As for Athletic, they still possess a single point after three games.

Yet to recapture the form which took them to last season's final, the visitors nonetheless gave tantalising glimpses here of how quickly they can unravel opponents. Aritz Aduriz twice drew saves from Rémy Vercoutre after the hosts' defence had been split asunder. Steed Malbranque provided the home side's riposte, Gorka Iraizoz's full-length stop denying him a rare goal.

Lisandro is distinctly more prolific, and he maintained his ratio of a goal virtually every other game in this competition when he met Anthony Réveillère's cross with a very deliberate glancing header. However, rather than reassure the hosts, that opening effort merely appeared to unsettle them.

Almost immediately, Andoni Iraola broke and rounded Vercoutre, only to find the angle too narrow. Markel Susaeta then should have done better when clean through in a central position, but instead he sent an attempted lob well wide. An equaliser was coming, though, and it owed much to Fernando Llorente's strength and unerring control, which allowed him to tee up Gómez to shoot crisply across Vercoutre.

Having levelled, Athletic were unable to keep Lyon at bay, and when Gueïda Fofana's drive was pushed out by Iraizoz, Briand clipped in to earn his team a third successive triumph.

Last updated: 27/11/12 3.00CET

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Lineups

lyon

Lyon

athletic

Athletic

1
VercoutreRémy Vercoutre (GK)
1
Gorka IraizozGorka Iraizoz (GK)
4
B. KonéBakary Koné
3
AurtenetxeJon Aurtenetxe
5
LovrenDejan Lovren
5
AmorebietaFernando Amorebieta
6
FofanaGueïda Fofana
Yellow Card88
8
A. IturraspeAnder Iturraspe
Yellow Card90+1
9
LisandroLisandro (C)
Goal54
Substitution66
10
De MarcosÓscar de Marcos
13
RéveillèreAnthony Réveillère
14
SusaetaMarkel Susaeta
17
MalbranqueSteed Malbranque
Substitution65
15
IraolaAndoni Iraola
19
BriandJimmy Briand
Goal86
18
GurpegiCarlos Gurpegi (C)
20
MonzónFabián Monzón
19
MuniainIker Muniain
Substitution66
21
GonalonsMaxime Gonalons
20
Aritz AdurizAritz Aduriz
Substitution60
23
UmtitiSamuel Umtiti
21
Ander HerreraAnder Herrera
Yellow Card53

Substitutes

16
LopesAnthony Lopes (GK)
13
RaúlRaúl (GK)
10
LacazetteAlexandre Lacazette
Substitution65
2
ToqueroGaizka Toquero
12
FerriJordan Ferri
6
San JoséMikel San José
14
DaboMouhamadou Dabo
9
LlorenteFernando Llorente
Substitution60
15
BiševacMilan Biševac
11
Ibai GómezIbai Gómez
Substitution66
Goal79
18
GomisBafétimbi Gomis
Substitution66
16
Ismael LópezIsmael López
31
GhezzalRachid Ghezzal
22
CastilloXabier Castillo

Coach

Rémi Garde (FRA) Marcelo Bielsa (ARG)

Referee

Andre Marriner (ENG)

Assistant referees

Simon Long (ENG), Peter Bankes (ENG)

Fourth official

Charles Breakspear (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Jonathan Moss (ENG), Lee Mason (ENG)

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